MUST-SEE: BK25 anniversary gig
Celebrating 25 years in the business, Beverley Knight makes a special appearance at Coventry's Warwick Arts Centre on Friday January 31.
Age-defying Midlands soul singer Beverley Knight – feted by Prince and David Bowie – is celebrating 25 years in the music business with a new album BK25 and a UK tour.
And her only scheduled West Midlands gig is at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry on Friday 31 January.
The 46-year-old Wolverhampton-born star will be singing all of her big hits including the Top 10 smash hits from Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Greatest Day and Come As You Are to Soul Survivor and her debut single, from 1994, Flavour of The Old School, plus three new studio tracks including the single Now or Never. Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall with The Leo Green Orchestra, BK25 hears Beverley’s powerhouse vocals take full flight. This album captures the very essence of what fans love about Beverley – her energy and consistency as a formidable live performer.
Currently in the Bahamas writing with Dave Stewart, she’ll return to the theatre later this year return in The Drifters Girl – a brand new musical created especially for her by the team behind The Bodyguard.
As well as her own hits, BK25 also includes a nod to Beverley’s best-known theatre performances Memory (Cats) and I’m Every Woman (The Bodyguard). Her foray into musical theatre has also earned her several accolades, including an Olivier Award nomination for Memphis. Beverley has achieved gold and platinum-selling albums, 14 Top 40 hits, sold-out tours, 3 MOBO Awards, and several Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominations.
When she broke out in the mid-90s with Flavour of The Old School, Beverley Knight seemed destined to be a real force in Brit-funk. But by the mid-2000s with her platinum-selling career retrospective Voice – The Best of Beverley Knight, it was clear that she had become the UK’s Queen of Soul. Beverley’s strong reputation as a bona fide soul vocalist has earnt her admiration and respect from some of the biggest names in the industry including Prince, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, Ronnie Wood and more.
In the 25 years since, she’s performed with Prince and at the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, picked up an MBE from the Queen, and diversified into broadcasting and musical theatre, both to much acclaim.
More than just a great singer, Beverley has also co-written some of her biggest hits – her collaborators have ranged from Guy Chambers and Chris Martin to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Jimmy Hogarth.